Charitable organizations in Bixby got an extra boost this month thanks to BTC Broadband and Bixby residents. Through employee contributions, BTC matching contributions and cook-off proceeds, BTC Broadband was able to raise more than $10,000 in their 8th Annual Chili Cook-off. This amount exceeded more than $2,000 to what was raised in last year’s event. The proceeds are being contributed to the Daily Family YMCA, the Bixby Community Outreach Center and the United Way.
The BTC Broadband Chili Cook-off takes place annually at the BTC Broadband’s downtown Breckenridge office where BTC Broadband employees submit their best chili and/or dessert creations which are judged on smell, color, consistency, taste and aftertaste. BTC Broadband started the Annual Chili Cook-off in 2000 and since its beginning it has raised over $68,000 for Bixby charities and organizations.
This year’s entries did not disappoint with more than 20 contenders vying to be this year’s chili and dessert champions. Helping with the event were Lisa Remy of the Remy Company, Kelley Maricle of the BCOC, Debbie Wolfard of Grand Bank and Jessica Pittman of the Bixby Chamber of Commerce, who acted as chili and dessert judges and needed no persuasion to assist in tasting this year’s entries. In addition to the chili and dessert competition, drawings were held for various prizes with ticket sale proceeds also contributing to the above organizations.
In regard to the overall success of the fundraiser, BTC Broadband President and CEO Lynn Pike said “As in years past, the BTC Broadband employees and the owners, the Daily family, have stepped up and given generously to our local charities. The Daily family have a tradition of matching the annual employee donations. I am proud to be associated with such a selfless group of owners and coworkers.”
Once the chili settles, winners for the chili and dessert portions of the cook-off will be announced at the BTC Broadband employee meeting on November 7th.